Salmon tartare

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Salmon tartare
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Pickled mustard seeds


Bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil, then remove from heat and pour the mustard seeds over the vinegar. Cover and set aside overnight. The next day, stir the simple syrup in with the seeds. If the liquid isn’t completely absorbed, strain the seeds before using. The pickled seeds should have a caviar-like texture. This makes more pickled mustard seeds than is required for the remainder of the recipe; the seeds will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 2 weeks.


In a bowl, combine the salmon with the scallions, lemon juice, pine nuts, pickled mustard seeds, olive oil, smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste, and several grinds of pepper. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve with the charred bread on the side.

Adapted from a recipe by Jason Neroni of Catch & Release.

Amy Scattergood is a staff writer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times.
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